This morning I reviewed five heroin overdose cases that occurred this weekend. In one case, a young man overdosed while his mother and other family members present. Fortunately, narcan was given to him by paramedics who were fairly close and he literally was brought back to life. The whole story was pretty disheartening, but highlights the opiate epidemic in our country. A lot of it seems to start with the prescription opiates obtained legally or illegally. Here is a story out of Eugene, OR that highlights the issues. http://www.kval.com/news/health/Opiate-epidemic-People-are-dying-from-this-in-record-numbers-152381855.html
Our drug unit has been working hard on the heroin and opiate problem and had a major case involving over 20 people last month. Here's the link to that press release. http://www.duluthmn.gov/press_releases/templates/display.cfm?id=1709
We are also working with other agencies to educate the public on the dangers of opiates use and addiction.